We grieve, but not in the same way as those who have no hope

This is going to be a very personal post, full of reflections on the death just yesterday of my Father-in-Law. But before I get into that, being me, I have to begin with a very important point of Bible understanding.  For I know that many Christians feel secretly guilty for the fact they are grieving.  They ask themselves, "why am I crying when I know that my loved one has gone to a better place?"I hope to reassure all of my readers who are currently in mourning, and every single one of you w … [Read more...]

Popular posts: PJ Smyth on suffering, sickness and healing

During Adrian's month away from the blog, he has hand-picked a selection of the most popular posts of the year so far to re-run. Today we feature,  "PJ Smyth on suffering, sickness and healing." PJ Smyth's practical theology of healing and suffering came out of his personal experience of cancer. This was not just another TOAM talk.  Picked up within minutes of posting by Matt Chandler, who has had his own battle with brain cancer, this post is very helpful and has been read by many poeple.  One d … [Read more...]

Guest post by David Wayne

Today's guest post comes from David Wayne, the Jollyblogger.  Adrian and David were so close and interacted so much in the early days of Christian blogging that at one point there was an internet rumour that they were the same person!Adrian's early debates with David Wayne over the charismatic issue were some of his favourite early blog posts. David has been blogging a lot less lately due in large part to his fight with cancer.  It is great to hear from him again. God is to be Glorified in Us, … [Read more...]

Popular posts: 10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan.

During Adrian's month away from the blog, he has hand-picked a selection of the most popular posts of the year so far to re-run.Today we feature, "10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan." As the world was reeling from the astonishing news from Japan, this post proved quite popular as it attempted to think through how Christians should respond:10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in JapanAs Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, … [Read more...]

TOAM PJ Smyth on Suffering, sickness and healing

This evening during the worship we were encouraged to make the following prophetic declarations that are all part of our history together. Half of the room called out each promise to the other half who replied “We will!”Remember we can do more together than we can apart Remember we are called to change the expression of Christianity throughout the world Remember we are called to plant thousands churches and churches of thousands Remember there are no well worn paths ahead of us so keep pio … [Read more...]

10 Ways a Christian should respond to the earthquake in Japan

As Japan braces itself for a possible further serious earthquake, and deals with the consequences of such massive devastation caused by the last one, not to mention the risk of a major nuclear incident, how should Christians respond? Please understand that none of this is intended to claim that we have all the answers to such a disaster. In fact, like Job's friends' initial response, often the best thing we can do is say absolutely nothing, and share people's pain.I write this article with … [Read more...]

A12 to heaven – how knowing Jesus makes a difference when life is at it's toughest

Imagine the pain of receiving the kind of phone call every parent dreads. Not one, but two teenage daughters involved in a terrible car accident. All their earthly hopes and dreams for their daughters extinguished at the side of the road, Phil and Heather Stoddart grieved. But they did not greive in the same way as those with no hope. Why? Because actually their hopes for their daughters were not extinguished that day. They had a hope for them that went beyond the tragedy of their death. Phil … [Read more...]

JOLLYBLOGGER: The Truth is Uglier Than We Think, God is More Beautiful Than we Realize

Attached is a quote from my friend David Wayne, the Jollyblogger. He was discussing a recent post from Michael Spencer's wife (link available from David's post, read his first then Denise's). Keeping the balance between false triumphalism and wrong-headed fatalism is not easy. Consider these two post as a blog against triumphalism, but don't allow it to drive you to fatalism! All of this kind of stuff mirrors what Denise was trying to convey.  She didn't put it this way, but Christians know the … [Read more...]

PJ Smyth on How to cry well when facing cancer

This year, news of PJ Smyth's lymphoma was the sandwich in between which the rest of the event was the filling. If you were at TOAM you could not miss it, and it brought the urgency of everything else into sharp focus. In the first session we were told he had a lump in his neck that would be removed. In the last session, Terry shared a text message which PJ had just sent him immediately on arriving home from a doctor's appointment, which had confirmed it was Hodgkin's lymphoma.PJ  will be … [Read more...]

GUEST POST- Rev Mark Ashton RIP

The following is a guest post from Jonathan Carswell: There are some people whose life and ministry makes a huge impact. There are others who, ironically, make their mark upon death. Rev Mark Ashton was a man under God who did both.Vicar at St Andrew the Great in Cambridge for the last 16 years Mark’s teaching ministry has blessed countless 1000’s who move through the city each year.When diagnosed with inoperable cancer and given just six months to live, Mark was neither downhearted, nor for … [Read more...]